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All of the didactic courses in the Biomedical Laboratory Science department programs are taught online. These programs also include at least one practicum course (the number of practica vary depending on the program). The practicum courses are completed in an approved hospital or diagnostic laboratory and will include some online components. Students in the Blended BSHS program will complete in-person lab courses each semester at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.

No, you do not need to attend class at a specific time. Our online courses are designed to be asynchronous, giving you flexibility.

Assignments will have specified due dates that must be met. Students are expected to attend weekly class sessions and participate in weekly class collaborations.

Applicants with clinical laboratory experience may be eligible to waive individual practicum requirements. Applicants will need to secure a clinical site for any individual areas where professional experience is lacking. Please call 202-729-9879 and speak with an online admissions advisor if you believe that you may qualify for the waiver.

Below is additional information regarding clinical waivers:

  • Relevant experience must have taken place in the last five years and must be on a professional level. Other rotations as a student would not count (i.e. volunteering, internships, etc.)
  • The waiver requires two signatures:
    • One from a lab manager, section supervisor, or any professional that can verify the experience.
    • One from the lab administrator, i.e., a medical director or someone in that capacity.
    • In some cases, one person can satisfy both signatures.
  • There is no guarantee that the waiver will be approved. Students are merely applying to be considered for a clinical rotation waiver.
  • Tuition must still be paid for the rotation course, and students will be required to complete all coursework associated with these rotations.
  • As a backup, students should still plan to secure a clinical site in case the waiver is not offered.

Areas where students can apply for a waiver:

  • Blood Banking
  • Hematology
  • Urinalysis Coagulation
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Microbiology

Whether tenured or adjunct, all faculty members who teach in the Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition are qualified to deliver the best possible education to help you achieve your goals. Learn more about our faculty here.

No, the Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition are offered in a fully online format with no residency requirements.

Along with tuition, you’ll incur a $35 registration fee each semester. You can review all tuition costs here.

Yes, an academic advisor will work with you throughout the admissions process, scheduling classes, and the course of your studies. GW also offers our online students 24/7 technical support.

Yes. GW’s transcript ordering service is available to interested applicants of the programs listed on this website. The service is designed to make the application process simpler for you, while also helping us expedite the admissions decision on your behalf. Our transcript services team will order all domestic transcripts once you decide to allow us to help you with this task.

The George Washington University will only request and pay for your domestic college transcripts that allow third-party requests up to the point of admission to the university. This means that any coursework completed after you are advised of an admission decision, including coursework you are currently completing, will still need to be submitted by you.

It is your responsibility to request and purchase these additional transcripts to complete your file. This information may be used to determine your eligibility for financial aid, admission, and potential transfer credits. Additionally, some institutions may require you to obtain your official transcripts directly; if this is the case, we will contact you.

GW establishes an affiliation agreement with all facilities prior to the clinical practicum rotations. However, GW does not have the authority to automatically place students into these sites, since many of these affiliations are temporary and are only generated for an individual student. GW has local primary affiliates, which are the only sites that GW can use to place students for rotations. Students securing their own clinical sites must acquire permission from the clinical site to attend the rotations.

Students in the master’s programs may be eligible for financial aid. Students seeking graduate certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid. For more information, contact a GW admissions advisor (844) 386-7323

Yes, most of our students work while they are enrolled in an online Biomedical Laboratory Science (BLS) program.

While most studies will be completed online, your program may require you to visit campus during the course of your studies.

Yes! You have access to all of the support provided by our Center for Career Services, including career coaching, self-assessments, networking opportunities, job search strategies, and more.

No, these graduate certificates do not offer scholarships. You can review all tuition costs here.

These programs may accept transfer credits with prior approval. For complete details, contact our enrollment team.

No, the graduate certificates do not follow a cohort model.

These graduate certificates are designed for professionals who work full-time and are only offered part-time. This flexible scheduling helps you balance work, school, and personal responsibilities.

These 100% online certificate programs are designed for working professionals and are offered part-time to maximize flexibility. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

These programs have no residency requirement and are delivered in a 100% online format to provide maximum flexibility for working professionals.

Although the Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition do not offer virtual open houses, you can learn more about them by reviewing their overview page here, or by contacting our enrollment team.

The Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition do not require an entrance exam. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

Work experience is not required for admission to these programs. However, a degree in one of the core discipline areas is preferred.

Yes! The George Washington University is committed to reaching the future leaders of health care wherever they are in the world. In fact, GW has 290,000 alumni representing more than 135 countries worldwide.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based. GW’s school code for the TOEFL is 5246.
  • PTE: overall score of 86
  • IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0

International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if:

  • You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language
  • You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction
  • You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency

International students must also submit transcripts from every college or university previously attended, whether a degree was earned or not. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated, course-by-course, by an accredited foreign credential agency. Evaluations are also accepted from AACRAO. Transcripts can then be submitted to:

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Learn more on your program’s individual Admissions Requirements page.

Local students who live in the Washington, D.C. metro area can be placed in one of our affiliate hospital labs in the area. Students who live outside of the Washington, D.C. metro area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission.

We have many clinical affiliates nationwide; please contact the GW MLS clinical coordinators ( for state-specific questions.

GW students consistently outperform against the national average. In 2018 the GW first time pass rate was 89.39% and the GW overall pass rate was 93.93%. This is compared to a national pass rate of 79.60%.

The first step is to start your application.

You can request more information to speak with a GW program manager, or you can begin the application process today.

For the BSHS and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in MLS, students must successfully complete Phase I (didactic courses) before becoming eligible to enter Phase II (clinical rotations). In order to successfully complete Phase I, students must complete all MLS courses with grades of C or higher and have a 2.5 MLS GPA. Students must also complete the Clinical Rotation Request form and submit any other required documents as indicated in the CRR.

For the Categorical Certificates and the clinical MSHS programs, students must complete the core clinical MLS courses to become eligible to enter their program’s rotation. Certificate students must also complete courses with grades of C- or higher and maintain a 2.5 MLS GPA; MSHS students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Students who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirements may be placed on academic probation, suspension, or face possible dismissal. The Regulations section of the GW Bulletin includes detailed information on academic standing. Details on the academic grievance and appeals process are included in this section as well.

Fellows enrolled in the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine (INTM) will be assessed on their knowledge, skills, and attitudes on a weekly basis. Fellows are expected to demonstrate graduate level performance in the synthesis of concepts, analytical thinking, and application in a clinical setting. Faculty monitor student submissions continuously and provide detailed and ongoing feedback during every course. The work load is above average in this regard, as students move through the Fellowship Program. Grades are based upon weekly assignments and exams that are offered at the end of each course. A passing score of 83 percent or higher is required for graduation from the Fellowship Program.

You can complete a certificate in about 18 months, depending on the number of courses taken per semester. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

If you have attended multiple institutions, your final GPA and credits earned are factored together to determine your overall GPA.

Direct observation of fellows will be accomplished through the following venues:

  • Standardized patient interviews during in-person meetings as part of clinical modules.
  • Direct observation at one of the affiliated clinical sites.
  • Review of video recordings of patient encounters with the fellow at the clinical site.

Fellows will be required to submit no less than 70 History & Physical exams and treatment plans throughout the Fellowship Program. Each case will be evaluated by MD/DO faculty members and appropriate feedback will be provided to each case. All INTM faculty possess an appropriate scientific and/or clinical discipline relevant to the INTM curriculum. Faculty are fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine, or hold licensure in their respective specialty and are considered experts in their field.

You can take up to three years to complete a graduate certificate program. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

These graduate certificates are newly developed for the fully online modality and offer you the flexibility to complete your coursework from wherever you need to be.

The Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition are offered 100% online with no clinical or fieldwork requirements. You can learn more about these programs on their overview page here.

The Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition each include six courses for a total of 15 credits each. You can learn more about the curriculum here.

These graduate certificates include 15 credits of coursework designed to enhance your skills in lifestyle medicine, nutrition principles, and whole-person care. You can review the curriculum here.

The Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition do not accept transfer credits.

Online classes are designed to take the same amount of time as on-campus classes. They are taught by GW faculty members and have comparable assignments to campus programs that can be completed off-site. Each three-credit hour course is expected to take between 18-20 hours for coursework per week. As an off-campus student, you also save time that on-campus students spend commuting.

Yes, you may secure your own site. However, if you are planning on securing your own clinical site, you cannot use any of our already affiliated local sites for your rotations. Students are not allowed to contact our local clinical sites to secure a spot for their clinical placement. All local clinical placements are done through your GW clinical coordinator. In addition, if you wish to secure your own site for your clinical rotation, that site must be an accredited lab with all specific lab areas required to complete your practica.

Once a clinical site is identified, the GW clinical coordinator will determine if the site performs all of the mandatory testing required. If the facility is missing tests in any area, the student may need to find an additional site to complete the requirements for the rotations. Once a site or sites are identified and approved; an affiliation agreement with each site is initiated. The student cannot begin the clinical rotations until there is an affiliation agreement in place.

Due to a high volume of applications and the limited number of local clinical spots, we are typically unable to place non-local students in one of our primary local affiliates. Keep in mind that, it is also important for students to develop a professional relationship with a clinical site in their own geographic area to create possible future employment opportunities.

Yes, GW is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Graduation Rates:
In 2019, 98.6% of students who entered Phase II of the MLS program graduated.

Employment Rates:
100% of graduating students from 2015 to 2019 found employment in the field or a closely related field and/or continued their education within one year of graduation

Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, 3 credit hours of biochemistry, and 3 credit hours of anatomy or anatomy/physiology. Prior study in one of the core discipline areas is also preferred. Explore admissions requirements here.

We offer start dates three times per year in January, May, and August. Applications are due at least three weeks before the start of a program. Begin your application today.

Students in GW’s master’s, bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s programs may be eligible for financial aid. Students seeking graduate certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid.

You may also be able to benefit from loans, institutional scholarships, merit- or need-based grants, employer reimbursement programs, and more. Explore your options on our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

You’ll need a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to apply to the Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

Health care occupations, comprising dietitians, nutritionists, chiropractors, and other integrative medicine positions, have a 15% expected growth rate through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tuition is $1,145 per credit hour for both programs. You’ll need to complete 15 credits for a total tuition of $17,175. You can review all tuition costs here.

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is dedicated to improving the health of our local, national, and global communities by:

  • Educating a diverse workforce of tomorrow’s leaders in medicine, science, and health sciences.
  • Healing through innovative and compassionate care.
  • Advancing biomedical, translational, and health services delivery research with an emphasis on multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Promoting a culture of excellence through inclusion, service, and advocacy.

As a globally recognized academic medical center, GW embraces the challenge of eliminating health disparities and transforming health care to enrich and improve the lives of those we serve.

Local students who live in the Washington, D.C. metro area can be placed in one of our affiliate hospital labs in the area. Students who live outside of the Washington, D.C. metro area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission. Learn more about the clinical placement process.

Tuition for the Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition is $17,175. You will complete 15 credits at $1,145 per credit hour. You can review all tuition costs here.

All GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences students can find support through a wide variety of services and resources. We encourage you to visit the links below to familiarize yourself with the resources available at GW:

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges Rankings, GW was ranked the No. 70 Best National University, No. 86 Best Value School, and No. 42 Best College for Veterans. We were also ranked No. 78 on Forbes’ Top Colleges list for 2019.

More than 1,500 GW military students, veterans and their families attend GW and benefit from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs educational benefits. Veterans and active military servicemen and women may also take advantage of several benefits offered by GW:

  • GW Health Science Programs offer a waiver of the $60 admission application fee for active-duty U.S. military personnel
  • Online and asynchronous course structure accommodates any schedule – even for students deployed or on a overseas assignment
  • GW is VA approved and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • The Yellow Ribbon awards up to $5,120 for graduate students
  • To enhance our commitment to our military, GW has a Veterans Services Office and Student Veterans of America chapter.

GW is committed to providing the highest level of student and financial services to those who have served in our armed forces. Service members are invited to contact GW’s Office of Veteran Services for more information on the benefits and opportunities we provide; this office is the VA certifying official for the university.

GW operates on 15-week semesters, with courses starting three times throughout the year in August, January, and May.

Applications are due at least three weeks before the start of a program. We offer three start dates per year in January, May, and August. You can begin your application today.

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